Happy New Year! We hope that your 2018 is off to a wonderful start! We are looking forward to a meaningful year of worship and fellowship as we continue this faith journey together. The start of a new year often times brings resolutions. When we turn the page on the calendar, we feel as though we have a fresh start. It’s a new opportunity. It’s our chance to make changes and improvements. Many people make New Years Resolutions as the year turns. If you are like me, those resolutions don’t often last. I’ve usually broken most, if not all, of them by the end of January! What if this year as we think about the possibilities ahead, instead of making resolutions, we change our mindset. What if we look at making goals instead. With resolutions, when they are broken, we often forget about them. But goals feel a little different. Even if we fall short, goals seem to give us more of an invitation to try again.
As you are thinking about what you might do differently this year and goals you want to set for yourself or your family, I encourage you to consider including some goals related to faith formation. Perhaps you want to set a goal to memorize more scripture this year or to read through the Bible this year or to make Sunday school a priority this year or to read more faith-based books this year or to look for more opportunities for your family to serve together this year. Those are just a few examples. There are plenty of other goals you could set for yourself. I encourage you to pray about your goals might be. Then feel free to share those goals on the Adventure Kids or Youth Ministry facebook pages so we can encourage one another as we work toward those goals this year!